3 August 2022 - News Digest on International Criminal Justice

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Myanmar: Detainees tortured to crush opposition to coup
Amnesty International, 02 Aug 2022

Authorities in Myanmar’s prisons and interrogation centres routinely subject people detained for resisting the 2021 military coup to torture and other cruel or degrading treatment, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing, more than a year and a half after the power grab shattered the country’s halting transition to civilian rule.

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UN Human Rights Office 'deplores' executions in Singapore
UN News, 02 Aug 2022

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) denounced on Tuesday the hanging of two inmates in Changi Prison, located in the eastern part of Singapore.

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Guinea: Amnesty denounces further arbitrary arrests and excessive use of force
Amnesty International, 02 Aug 2022

In response to the arbitrary arrests and detentions of members of the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC) and the wave of police violence during the demonstrations in Conakry on 28 July that left five dead and at least three more injured by gunfire, Fabien Offner, a researcher in Amnesty International’s West and Central Africa office, said: "The Guinean authorities must put a stop to this excessive use of force when responding to large-scale demonstrations".

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DR Congo: Guterres ‘outraged’ over peacekeepers’ aggression, calls for accountability
UN News, 31 Jul 2022

Secretary-General António Guterres is “outraged” over a “serious incident” that took place on Sunday morning on the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda, according to his deputy spokesperson. 

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Belarus: Sham “conspiracy to seize power” trial against prominent political activists starts
Amnesty International, 29 Jul 2022

Responding to news that a court in Belarus has begun a “conspiracy to seize power” trial against prominent political activists, including the leader of the Belarusian Popular Front party, Ryhor Kastusyou, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: “Today, another show trial begins in Minsk with the sole purpose of punishing Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s critics and discouraging any challenge to his repressive policies". 
 

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Situation in CAR II: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II issues public redacted version of Arrest Warrant for Mahamat Nouradine Adam
International Criminal Court, 28 Jul 2022

Today, 28 July 2022, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) issued the public redacted version of the Warrant of Arrest against Mahamat Nouradine Adam for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in the context of the situation in the Central African Republic (“CAR”) II. The Warrant of Arrest had originally been issued under seal on 7 January 2019.
 

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World Court Rejects Myanmar Objections to Genocide Case
Human Rights Watch, 22 Jul 2022

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 22, 2022, rejected Myanmar’s preliminary objections to the case brought by Gambia under the international Genocide Convention, Human Rights Watch said today. The case concerns Myanmar’s alleged genocide against the ethnic Rohingya population in Rakhine State, with a focus on military operations launched in October 2016 and August 2017.

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